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A Few Tips for Reducing Holiday Stress

As you have most likely already noticed, the holidays are going to be here before we know it. While this time of the year is a lot of fun, it can also become a big headache with everything that goes on. However, the tips below will help you reduce your holiday stress so you can thoroughly enjoy everything the holidays have to offer you and your family.

  • Decide on the “Must Do’s” – In America, there have been so many holiday traditions started that it’s nearly impossible to do them all. For instance, picking out a Christmas tree, hanging lights on the house, sending holiday cards, buying gifts for everyone in the family (and friends), hosting one or two holiday parties, attending annual parties hosted by friends, baking holiday dinners and/or treats and the list goes on and on
    This year, sit down with your family and decide on what activities truly make the holidays special for you. Then, make those activities your priority this holiday season. Learn to say “no” to the other less important things and you will be able to really enjoy the season
  • Get Shopping Done Early – Sure, you can catch some great sales by waiting until the last minute to do your holiday shopping, but is the stress really worth it? If you do not have a high tolerance for stress then get your holiday shopping done before the first week of December. This includes everything from gifts to formalwear for the kids. Get it done early and then sit back and enjoy the season doing other, more important things with your family
  • Stay Away from the Grinch – We all know someone who is a Grinch around the holidays. These are the people who always find something to complain about and bring everyone’s mood down as a result. During the holiday season, stay away from these people! The last thing you want is to be put in a bad mood because you’ve spent an hour talking to the Grinch. This will undoubtedly rub off on your family and the day will be ruined, not to mention, your stress level will rise too. So, keep company with only happy, upbeat people this holiday season if you want a joyful holiday season this year!

Thanksgiving and the Kids

For the majority of adults who are planning a Thanksgiving Day meal and expecting a large group of people to join them, things can get a little stressful in the days leading up to “turkey day.” However, if you have children, it’s important that you remember to include them in on the action, even though you’re a little stressed.


A lot of people get wrapped up with preparing the food for Thanksgiving and forget what the holiday is really about. It’s not about the food. Instead, it’s about taking time to celebrate everything you have to be thankful for. One of the ways we do this is by spending the day with our friends and family. However, for young children who kind of get tossed aside while everyone is in a frenzy in the kitchen, the holiday may appear to just be about the food…and a couple of no school days.

So, this year why not do things just a little different and include your children in the preparation? Most kids love to be included to feel like they are contributing in some way. And, if you include them and allow them to help with some of the baking (you can bake pies together the night before if it’s too crazy on Thanksgiving) then you will be creating Thanksgiving Day memories with your kids that focus on the true meaning of the holiday.

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Ways to Enjoy Fall and Winter with Your Kids

Fall has finally arrived, and for many of people on the East Coast, it appears Winter may be coming a little early. While many of us enjoy all of the festivities that go on during the Fall and Winter months, we often get so wrapped up in getting everything done that we miss out on the important opportunities we have to spend time with our kids. 

Unlike other seasons, Fall and Winter often drive families indoors as it is just too cold to be outside playing. As many of you know, all of this time indoors together can cause tensions to rise and tempers to flare. However, when you take the time to plan a little bit ahead and have some fun activities that you and your children can do together, this can be a time of fun, laughter and bonding for your family. Below are a few ways that you can enjoy Fall and Winter with your kids.

  • Have Family Movie Nights – This is the perfect time of year to start planning family movie nights on a weekly basis. Make these events fun by taking turns picking out a movie and making some yummy treats to be enjoyed during the movie.
  • Cook Together – The majority of children enjoy to cook, especially when it’s learning how to make something yummy. So, take advantage of all the time you have indoors with your children and allow them to help you cook. You can help them make a special meal for the family or can just get together on a Saturday morning and begin baking pies and other holiday treats together. 
  • Play Games Together – One of the best pastimes for families to do together is to play games. There is nothing wrong with the “old” board games, and many children actually get into these games once they are started. However, there’s also nothing wrong with having a family video game night either. 

Above are just a few ways that you can have fun with your family during the Fall and Winter months. There are many, many more ways – all you have to do is look for them. It doesn’t matter what you decide to do, the point is to take the time to spend quality time with your kids during these crazy, hectic months!

We enjoy writing this blog and sharing it with our readers.  Just a reminder, if you are shopping for children’s formal wear for the holidays, please head over to KidsFormal and check out our new collection of Girls Holiday Dresses